CHICAGO (AP) — Drew Smillie gave the Cubs their first win at Wrigley Field in the seventh inning, leading Chicago to a 4-0 victory over the Miami Marlins on Saturday.
PJ Higgins homered and singled, and Nico Horner added three hits and an RBI to help the Cubs beat Miami for the second straight day after five straight losses.
Ian Happ had two hits and scored, and Willson Contreras had an RBI single. The All-Stars, Happ and Contreras were among the targets of trade rumors ahead of Tuesday’s deadline, but remained in Chicago.
The Marlins have lost six of seven games and have been shut out for the 12th time this season.
Smiley (4-6), who signed a one-year, $5.25 million deal in March that includes bonuses and a 2023 option, finally made his sixth start of the season with the Wrigleys at home. victory. The 33-year-old right wing had five hits, struck out and had two outs in the seventh before being replaced by Mark Leiter Jr.
Wright retired the next seven Miami hitters.
Smyly went 11-4 last season for World Series champion Atlanta, but missed six weeks this year with a cable strain. He returned on July 10 but has struggled since, with a four-game ERA of 6.06 heading into Saturday.
Miami’s Pablo Lopez (7-7) allowed four runs on nine hits over five innings.
Smiley got some help when the Cubs held off Miami from a 1-0 lead in the third quarter with a successful challenge.
Miguel Rojas was caught by plate referee Larry Vanover as he attempted to score from second to the right in Bryan De La Cruz’s singles Vanover) is called safe. The call was overturned after video showed receiver PJ Higgins marking De La Cruz’s feet inches from the spot after catching Seiya Suzuki’s power pitch.
In the fourth quarter, Chicago led 1-0, Happ doubled, and Horner singled him home. The Cubs added two more in the fifth.
Higgins took the lead in Game 6 with a solo shot inside the foul bar in left field to chase Lopez.
Happ jumped off the left sidewall on Joey Wendell’s flight to retire Miami in the eighth inning.
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Smyly first signed with the Cubs in free agency in December 2017, but he never pitched for them after recovering from Tommy John surgery. He was traded to Texas in November 2018.
Chicago restored 11-year veteran shortstop Andreton Simmons from the injured list Saturday before naming the four-time Gold Glove winner before the game.
Simmons signed a $4 million contract with the Cubs in March and appears to have been placed in a regular role. But the 32-year-old has played in just 34 games with two right shoulder injuries and is hitting .173 with seven RBIs.
Simmons hasn’t appeared in Chicago’s game against the Dodgers since July 10, but he just completed a rehab assignment for Triple-A in Iowa.
Marlins LF Peyton Burdick singled in the third inning, his first hit in a major. He made his major league debut on Friday and blew three games.
Marlins: RHP Elieser Hernandez has been activated from the COVID-19 injured list. RHP Aneurys Zabala was designated for distribution.
Cubs: Rookie Christopher Morel left the game with a tight right hamstring after breaking a 0-for-25 slump with a single in the fifth inning. He day after day.
Miami LHP Jesus Luzardo (2-4, 3.97 ERA) faces Chicago RHP Adrian Sampson (0-2, 3.74) on Sunday. Last Monday, Lusado had two runs and five strikeouts against Cincinnati in his first major league game since May 10. The 24-year-old southpaw is out with a strained left forearm.
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